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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 23, 2010 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead

Greensky Bluegrass were one of my early discoveries on the Archive - fine band. There's a good bit of bluegrass-type music to be found here as I'm sure you know! Infamous Stringdusters, YMSB, The Grass is Dead, Packway Handle Band, the Hotwires, Mr McCroury of course, and much more - all good for what ails ya!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 23, 2010 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead

If you have the time check out the collection of shows from Steep Canyon Rangers here in the Archive.

http://www.archive.org/details/SteepCanyonRangers

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 23, 2010 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead

I'll certainly do that! Have you tried the Rock Island Plow Company? They sound pretty good to my unskilled ear.

http://www.archive.org/details/RockIslandPlowCompany

So, Mr Rick, who would you recommend I listen to (and not just Archive bands) if I was going to have a real bluegrass education? (I'm hoping you'll mention at least some names already known to me so I'm not starting completely from scratch...)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 23, 2010 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead

Rob -

Thanks for the link to Rock Island Plow Company - these guys are really good.

Anything by Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (not in the Archive)

I forget which CD has the tune but his version of Lee Highway Blues will leave you stunned. If a magic genie showed up and offered me a million dollars or the ability to play like Michael Cleveland..........

Try this video out, scroll down to left side of the page and look for the link to the video of him Live in Chicago 2007.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Michael-Cleveland/9154242098

Newer Groups:
The Farewell Drifters (superb harmonies)
Mountain Heart (Wide Open - amazing picking)
Balsam Range (classic, bunch of guys standing around a condenser mic)



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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Feb 24, 2010 5:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead


I agree the Rock Island Plow Company is the real deal - old timey bluegrass. I love the laid back audience on this recording.

http://www.archive.org/details/ripco2005-05-07.flac

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 23, 2010 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bluegrass - Non-Dead

Rick - I've just had a look at the Michael Cleveland clip. Absolutely astonishing! If I'd just been listening and not watching too I'd have sworn there were two guys playing. Many thanks for this introduction.

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